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WHO takes India off polio endemic list

Posted in February 2012

New Delhi, Feb 25 (IANS): India has a reason to smile on the polio front, as it was taken off the list of polio endemic countries by the World Health Organisation (WHO), Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad announced at the Polio Summit 2012 here Saturday. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh was also present.
"WHO has taken India's name off the list of polio endemic countries in view of the remarkable progress that we have made during the past one year," Azad said.
The prime minister lauded the health volunteers, saying the real credit goes to them.
"I venture to say that the real credit goes to the 23 lakh volunteers who repeatedly vaccinated children even in the most remote areas, often in very bad weather conditions. I commend each one of them for their dedication, for their commitment and for their selfless service," the prime minister said inaugurating the conference.
The heath minister also disclosed that from 2 lakh polio cases a year, the country has recorded not a single polio case in the past one year.

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SCAMoD to continue pursuing ‘Jailbreak case’; pardon Kharshiing after summon

Posted in February 2012

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SHILLONG, Feb 25:
The Steering Committee Against Murder of Democracy (SCAMoD) on Saturday summoned Civil Society Women’s Organization (CSWO) President Agnes to seek clarification on the allegations leveled against her recently.
Kharshiing is alleged to have taken money from a former JHADC MDC (a suspect behind the Jailbreak), Thomas Nongtdu.
Speaking to reporters here on Saturday after the meeting, FKJGP President Joe Marwein clarified that Kharshiing admitted of taking money (Rs 10,000) adding she took the money only to help Amita Sangma pay her rent.

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Meghalaya vulnerable to HIV/AIDS

Posted in February 2012

Shillong, Feb 25: The Meghalaya Aids Control Society (MACS) Saturday said the state was vulnerable to HIV/AIDS with the number of patients increasing among the high risk groups but prevalence of the disease was comparatively low.
"All districts of Meghalaya are categorised as 'C'.
This means there is less than one per cent ANC (antenatal clinic) prevalence in all sites during the past three years, but less than five per cent in all high risk groups surveillance sites," MACS Project Director S Laloo said.

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Operations against GNLA intensified: Police

Posted in February 2012

Shillong, Feb 25: Security agencies in Meghalaya on Saturday intensified operations against Garo Hills-based Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) after a spate of foiled attempts at security personnel, police said.
"We have intensified operations with our limited resources in the district," South Garo Hills district police Chief Mukesh Singh said.
This week alone, a police convoy came under attack from the terrorist group in East Garo Hills even as an IED went off at a road side ahead of the security patrol party Friday evening.

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Six NGOs seek revoking of Marngar tribe as ST by Wednesday

Posted in February 2012

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SHILLONG, Feb 25:
Six social organizations from the State of Meghalaya have set a two days ultimatum to state government to immediately revoke the recent order giving recognition to Marngar tribe as ‘Schedule Tribe (ST)’.
“We have set two-day deadline for the state government to revoke the order”, FKJGP President Joe Marwein said adding the ultimatum would expire on Wednesday next.
He also warned that if government failed to cancel the order, it would compel the organizations to resort to agitational programmes.

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